Welcome my guest Maggie Jaimeson

Maggie Jaimeson writes romantic women’s fiction and romantic suspense with a near future twist. She describes herself as a wife, a step-mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher and an IT administrator. By day she is “geek girl” – helping colleges to keep up with 21st century technology and provide distance learning options for students in rural areas. By night Maggie turns her thoughts to worlds she can control – worlds where bad guys get their comeuppance, women triumph over tragedy, and love can conquer all.

HEALING NOTES is the second book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series of four books. The final two books will be available in 2013.

Blurb:

Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.

Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn’t imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel’s life is a mess.

A year of trying to prove to herself that she’s woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he’s suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she’ll know how to be a part of the family she’s always wanted.

Here’s an excerpt:
As she reached for the handle, the door opened and a little girl rushed out, maybe six or seven years old, with beautiful long blond hair caught up in a blue denim bow. She ran to a light blue sedan next to Rachel’s and giggled as she skipped through puddles circling the car. Rachel couldn’t help but smile at the child’s carefree innocence.

After three circles, the girl stopped at the back end of the car, cocked her head and waved two fingers at her. “Hi.”

“Um, hi.” Rachel raised her hand and waved back. “Did you forget somebody? Your mommy maybe?”

“Claire, I told you to stay close.”

At the sound of the tenor voice beside her, Rachel started. A man three to four inches taller than her had stepped out. In one hand he held several colorful ribbons attached to a bright pink, heart-shaped helium balloon that read Happy Birthday. He looked toward the car where the child was still giggling.

The little girl raced back. Skidding to a stop in front of Rachel, they bumped and Rachel teetered slightly toward the wall.

“Careful there.” A weathered hand reached toward her and wrapped around her elbow. His touch was softer than she expected, but her knees still locked, ready to spring if she needed to move fast. He held her up with one hand. Deep brown eyes, emphasized by his full head of short, wavy blonde hair, looked at her then turned toward the girl.”

“Apologize, Claire. You almost knocked her over.”

“I’m sorry.” A small hand lifted to touch her other arm.

“That’s okay. Really. I should have been paying more attention.” Rachel smiled and pointed to the balloon. “Latha breith.”

“Excuse me?”

“Oh, I…” She had lapsed into Gaelic. Something she hadn’t done in public since Kavan left her almost three years ago. “I said ‘Happy Birthday.’”

You can find Maggie and her book here:

Website: http://maggiejaimeson.com
Blog: http://maggiemeandering.blogspot.com
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-Jaimeson/118916694787820
Twitter: @maggiejaimeson

Maggie will award one autographed cover flat to a randomly drawn commenter at each blog stop.  In addition, she will award  a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this tour.  You can find tour dates here. If you follow the tour and leave comments at each stop, your chances to win are increased each time you pop in to say hi. You must leave an email address to be entered into any of the drawings. Good luck and best wishes to Maggie on her book tour!

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10 thoughts on “Welcome my guest Maggie Jaimeson”

  1. PJ, Thank you for taking the time to spotlight my book and to host the Book Blast on your blog. This is the first time I’ve had a series, so it’s been really exciting to see this second book come to fruition.
    Gail, I’m so glad you like the excerpt. This is from the first chapter and I think it really sets up the dynamics for Rachel and Noel, and the complication of his daughter for the relationship. It also shares my love of all things Scottish. :) My husband and I were married in Dunoon, Scotland. So you will see bits and pieces throughout the series referring to Rachel’s Scottish home.
    I’d love to hear from your readers, who enjoy contemporary romance, what types of issues they like to see explored in relationships. This is the first time I’ve had a single parent father as the hero. It was really wonderful to write him.

    1. I love Scottish lore and culture. I’m a huge fan of the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon, and you pulled me right in with the Gaelic. I love the single father idea. It gives your hero so much more depth of character and lets us see the softer side of an alpha–good choice!

  2. I love the sound of this book! I am looking forward to reading it! Being Scottish myself, I can’t help but to lean toward anything Scottish. Coupled with the heroine being a violinist, my favorite instrument, makes me think you wrote this story for me, Maggie! :)

    1. Of course I wrote it for you, Katy. :) Actually, I wrote it for me–being Scotch-Irish and having played the violin since I was 10 years old, but always wished I’d learned fiddle instead. Thanks for stopping and commenting!

  3. The Grand Prize winner of the $25 gift card is Tore923. Congratulations Tore!

    Because I’ve had such a great time meeting everyone on this tour, I have decided to award autographed cover flats (one per person) to anyone who has commented during the Book Blast tour. If you wish to have one, please send an email to maggie at maggiejaimeson dot com with the name you would like with the autograph, and your mailing address. They must be sent through the post. If you do not want your name endorsed, in addition to the autograph, then please say so.

    I promise, I will not sell your address to anyone or pepper your mailbox with flyers.

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